Rearing Sheep -
What Must You Do Before You Start Raising Sheep
Sheep are precarious
animals if you do not know how to take care of them well
enough but armed with the right information you will see
that rearing sheep can be one of the most rewarding
activities you can engage on as a young
farmer-entrepreneur. Rearing sheep is good because there
is a rising need for sheep products such as dairy, wool
and mutton. It is said that in some parts of the world
majority of cheese products are from sheep milk. Milk
coming from sheep is superior to all kinds of milk out
there as regards their nutritional value. Higher
protein, calcium and fat is the mark of a sheep's milk.
It is a preferred basic ingredient in ice cream and
cheese like feta and ricotta.
Before you start rearing sheep choose the variety that
best suits your goal or purpose, if you want to raise
sheep for milk, the British Milk Sheep variety offers
the most milk production capabilities. If you are for
wool production Merinos which has a wool count of 60 to
a little over 70 makes good fine wool. They started from
Spain and are now abundant in Australia. Their wool is
soft and fine. For meat production the Dorper is good.
It is a cross between a Dorset Horn and a Blackhead
Persian during the 1930s. It is good for meat production
because they are easy to grow and maintain. It is
considered a hardy breed that is able to withstand not
so pleasant lands for grazing.
After choosing a breed of sheep to care, it is now time
to invest on equipment and other implements in your
sheep business. A good amount of land where pasture is
abundant is necessary. If you intend to keep your sheep
in a barn, a good building or housing for them is also
essential. When they are grazing you can also create
perimeter fence made up of portable electrical fences
which you can buy online or from your local herding
supply. A good halter to lead your sheep herd is a
useful tool as well. When rearing sheep be conscientious
about natural predators. A study has shown that wild
coyotes account for half the number of sheep deaths in a
year followed by wild dogs, bobcats, eagles and even
bears. You can combine your sheep herd with other
animals that serve as their guardians like donkeys,
cattle, herd dog and even some types of Llama.
A good quality sheep does not come out of pure luck or
genes alone. Giving them good nutrients composed of
pasture, hay, silage and grains plus a supplementation
of minerals and salts will help your sheep develop and
avoid diseases that may plague you along the way.
Rearing sheep takes time and a huge amount of commitment
but the rewards can be enticing if you stick to it long
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